Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team closed out the exhibition season with a 76-52 win over Montana Tech on Sunday, November 3 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
"Tonight we were able to control the tempo very well and shot a bit better from the field," said Tiger Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We have a ways to go defensively, but all 14 guys were able to get into the game. I believe we accomplished what we set out to do in the preseason and are excited for the regular season opener at Nevada on Friday."
Pacific opened the game by holding the Orediggers scoreless for the first 2:50 of the contest, while opening up a 19-2 lead with 13:45 left in the half. Senior Tony Gill had 10 points in the first eight minutes, on the way to 16 first half points. Another Gill three-pointer made it 25-9. Adam Greger then scored five points in a 7-1 Montana Tech run to make it 26-16 with 5:09 to play. The Tigers scored the next six points to push the lead back up to 32-16 and led 39-21 at halftime.
After trading a pair of baskets to open up the second half, the Tigers went on a 19-7 run to take a 60-32 lead with 11:09 to play, keyed by four points from senior Tim Thomas and three points from junior Aaron Short. The Orediggers cut it back to 21 points (68-47) with 6:02 remaining, after a pair of three-pointers in a row by Travis Peevey.
Gill led the Tigers with 19 points in the game. Senior Andrew Bock scored nine points with six assists and just one turnover. Junior Spencer Llewellyn scored seven points, all in the final seven minutes of the game. All 14 active Tigers either scored or had a rebound in the contest.
The Tigers shot 43.8% from the field, hitting 28 of 64 shots from the field. Making extra passes to help get a better shot has been a trend in the early going, as Pacific had 19 assists on 28 field goals. Led by Gill's eight rebounds, the Tigers held a 47-30 rebounding advantage. Eleven of the Tigers had at least two rebounds.
The Tigers open the regular season at Nevada on Friday, November 8 at 7:05 p.m.